Five things you may have missed in round two…
Bontempelli isn’t the only young Pup that will be a superstar
Marcus Bontempelli has played only 18 games but he is already somewhat of a cult hero in the AFL.
‘The Bont’ already has his own nickname and highly respected past players saying he is the best teenager in the competition.
Nonetheless, Bontempelli isn’t the only young player at the Western Bulldogs that’s going to be good.
Jake Stringer, Mitch Wallis, Jackson Macrae, Luke Dalhaus and prized recruit Tom Boyd also contribute regularly and are classy players that are only going to improve.
As a young list that already play above their maturity levels, the future is looking good for the Bulldogs if they continue to build around these talented youngsters.
The Giants have overtaken the Suns
Greater Western Sydney is now leading the race of the AFL’s expansion sides against the Gold Coast.
While we’re only two weeks into the season, the fact that the Giants are 2-0 and the Suns are 0-2 is telling.
Both sides have played St Kilda and Melbourne, and whilst they are not the toughest opponents, the fact that GWS found ways to win but Gold Coast didn’t shows that the Giants are now ahead.
Gold Coast lacks a competitive edge, and they are still heavily relying on their captain Gary Ablett.
When Ablett fails to fire, so do the Suns, and that has been notable in the first two rounds considering Ablett has been lacking influence and defensive pressure in the games because he isn’t 100% fit.
GWS have contributors across the entire field and don’t rely on any particular players – that is why they will have a better season than Gold Coast this year.
Josh Bruce has played his entire AFL career as a defender
After Josh Bruce kicked his sixth goal for St Kilda on the weekend, you would be forgiven for thinking he had always been a forward.
However, Bruce has only switched into the forward line this season, having played all previous seasons of his career in defence.
The move could be a vital part of the St Kilda resurgence up the ladder.
Having Bruce up forward means there is less reliance on captain Nick Riewoldt, and that is important as he heads towards retirement.
In round one Bruce caught everyones attention with his early contender for mark of the year, but after round two it is firmly on his ability to kick goals.
Port Adelaide suffered its biggest loss under Ken Hinkley
In Ken Hinkley‘s first 50 games as Power coach, Ports biggest losing margin was only 26 points.
In his 51st match, that losing margin was nearly doubled to 48 points, in what was a dirty night for the Power.
They were heavily beaten on the inside by Sydney as Port lost the clearance and contested possession counts, something which has hasn’t occurred often in the last few seasons.
They were also heavily beaten in the tackle count, and struggled with Sydney’s pressure, their disposal efficiency was low as a consequence.
Starting the season 0-2 isn’t ideal, and Port have a bit of work to do to get back up to the high standards the set themselves last season.
Essendon are in contention this year
The Essendon v Hawthorn clash was won in the last minute of the game, and therefore the thrilling finish is being talked about a lot.
The fact that Essendon beat the reigning premiers for the first time since 2010 needs to be emphasised, as do their top four credentials.
Essendon have shown they can match it with the best.
They have one of the best defences in the league, depth and talent in the midfield and a young forward line that is starting to gel.
Once Essendon starts consistently playing four quarters of football, they may be hard to stop.
Written by Kirralee Thomas @kirralee_thomas